Entered my first fair yesterday! They didn't know what a Showgirl was!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Shared Acres, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    I went camping this weekend. The plan was to come home and start washing the Silkies & Showgirls and then take them up to the Fair. It has been raining cats and dogs.

    I managed to wash 3 of them the first night I got home. My aunt thought I wanted them to be let out of the house yesterday morning and opened the coop door. Luckily they didn't roll in the mud, only got a little damp. So brought everyone in, blow dried everyone dry, washed some feet, etc.

    Took them to the fair yesterday. We had all ours tested for disease a couple of months ago (forgot to post pics of that!) and so we didn't have to wait in line, which was nice.

    Found all of our cages and loaded everyone up. The poor girls have been so over sexed their top knots and even their rear plummage isn't looking to great because the boys have been pulling them out. We got 4 cages, so we put the boys each in their own cage and the girls together.

    I gave everyone strawberries and grapes in an effort to calm them down. Of course, the girls, the piglets they are immediately started scarfing down the food bowl. I raised the water bowl a bit, hopefully Oprah won't stick her fro in there and look like a crazy woman as she likes to do. Of course, just saying that makes me paranoid that it might be too high.

    Walked over to Helmet, poor boy was so freaked out he jumped in the cage like he was trying to fly out. I had to open it and lure him to calm down with a grape. It took him a second and then scarfed it down. I showed him the food bowl and he seemed a little better.

    Star was originally placed next to a cage with a big ole rooster and they were trying to attack each other through the wire. Silly boys. Moved Star so that wouldn't be as much of a problem.

    I felt like a parent leaving their kids at summer camp or something--they all have anxieties and are scared and I'm worried something's going to happen to them.

    Doesn't help that someone on Backyard Chickens said they had their show winning Silkie stolen from a show.

    This will be our first show. Clay County is really small, figured it was perfect timing and it would give us a little practice before any bigger shows. The one thing that was slightly off putting was the director asked us what a Showgirl was and where we got that name (meaning Showgirl). I told him that was a pretty standard name and that's what everyone on Backyard Chickens refers to them as. He said he had never been on the Backyard Chickens website. He said he hopes that they won't be considered mutts, and they might just consider them Silkies, but he's not sure.

    Wanna hear something sad? I made sure all mine were blow dried and babied, etc. We walked around and one chicken was soaked to the bone, a couple had some really screwed up tail feathers, like they had been in a small cage.

    I'm going to go up there tonight and check on everyone, little worried! Judging is Sat. wish us well!
  2. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    I never thought about the leaving kids at camp before, but as I thought about how I'd feel,... well I think I'd have to camp out with them! [​IMG]
    Good luck on Saturday, let us know what happens. [​IMG]
  3. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    NE PA
    Our local fair has a pretty decent turn out for their Poultry show but this past year I was surprised (because being on here means I know way too much) that many of the birds didnt look so good and it was so stinking hot in the building the birds were panting. I felt sorry for them, I considered entering my RIR rooster just for the heck of it this year but after I saw that. [​IMG]
  4. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    That's the other thing, this fair is in a rurual area and the cages are in a "Barn" that is open on one side. I'm just envisioning a raccoon coming in over night and having a buffet!

    I can't believe he didn't know what a Showgirl was and asked where I got that name! He had at least 3 weeks to look it up, you think he would have done some research!
  5. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2008
    Good Luck at the show! I was talking about EE the other day and people did not believe me that all green egg layers are really EE and not Ameraucanas or Araucanas. I was mad because they were saying all these EE were Ameraucanas and Araucanas and getting $20 a chicken and I said a rooster I needed to sale was an EE and only got $5 for him at the auction because I told the truth. I can only imagine what they would think of a Showgirl. It does feel weird talking to people who don't use BYC doesn't it? Hope they figure out what Showgirls really are and don't DQ them as Silkies with faults or something like that.
  6. pipermark

    pipermark Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2007
    Show girls are not a recognized breed by the APA. Also, many of the local shows arent even familiar with the standards for heritage breeds. A person at work has a son that is learning about "judging" chickens. When I showed him my book of standards, he was flabbergasted, never saw anything like it. I gave it to him , told him to go educate his teacher, thankfully his Dad was there and negated that instruction [​IMG] .
  7. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    I knew they weren't recognized. But I called more than a month ago to see if they were allowed as mutts aren't, according to the rules, and the guy said yes. Maybe he thought I nicknamed my Silkie girls "showgirls," lol, I don't know.

    You would have thought, when I sent in the entry form last month they would have looked it up though!
  8. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    I hated leaving my babies at the fair for a week, they certainly didn't enjoy it either. I know how you feel!
  9. Shared Acres

    Shared Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2008
    Northeast Fla
    Hubby and I went by there tonight and brought them some boiled eggs. They seemed to recognize us and REALLY recognized our voices!

    They gobbled down their treats. Everyone seemed good. One of the boys was more ornery than usual towards me.

    We had the ONLY Silkies & Showgirls. Quite funny to watch everyone stop and stare at them.
  10. SpeckledHills

    SpeckledHills Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2008
    Quote:After being DQd with my initial EEs at a chicken show, I've learned more about Ameraucanas. Chickens that meet all the other Standard requirements specified for Ameraucanas are actually true Ameraucanas even if their egg color isn't a perfect blue. Many true Ameraucanas lay blue-green or olive-green eggs (which indicates that a brown-egg layer was used in developing that breeding line), but blue is the ideal toward which breeders aim.
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2009

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